The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) initiated a comprehensive review of the State’s erosion and sediment control standards in early 2009 and has developed an initial draft of the “2010 Maryland Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control” as part of the May 30, 2010 schedule for incorporation into regulation.

Areas that were evaluated include: environmental site design requirements, the use of coagulants, revised stabilization standards, new standards for best management practices, and new technology.  MDE has been working with all stakeholders including the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts (MASCD) through a technical review workgroup as part of this development and update process.

The document is considered a “work in progress,” please review and comment on the draft “2010 Maryland Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control” and the proposed changes to the erosion and sediment control regulations (COMAR 26.17.01).  Please provide your comments by November 13, 2009 to Maryland Department of the Environment, Water Management Administration, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 440, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1708, attention Ken Pensyl.

Web page:
http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/WaterPrograms/SedimentandStormwater/erosionsedimentcontrol/Draft_ESC_Standards.asp

MDE is holding a public informational meeting for the draft Standards and regulations on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 9:30 AM to noon at Montgomery Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Directions. Please plan to park in the Blue Lot using the intercom system to enter both the parking lot and building through the marked “Tunnel Entrance.”

If there are any questions, please  contact the Sediment, Stormwater, and Dam Safety Program at 410-537-3543 or by email at Ken Pensyl.

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